Oyibi (G/A), Sept. 25, GNA – The Second International Nursing Conference to create an enabling environment for maintaining standards in nursing practice within the West African sub-region has opened.
It is being organized by the Department of Nursing of the Valley View University (VVU) in collaboration with a team of Health Educators from the United States of America.
The conference is being held at the VVU Campus at Oyibi in the Greater Accra Region.
The Three-day conference which is the second of its kind is under the theme: “Moving Forward with Confidence: Making Changes for Nursing Empowerment and Quality Clinical Outcome” is aimed at providing a platform for excellence in nursing.
Mr Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, Greater Accra Regional Minister, who was the guest of honour, said the conference would discuss relevant health care needs and the provision of health services in Ghana.
He said it would seek to motivate creative thinking, critical thinking and strategic planning initiatives to enhance clinical practice and improve patient care outcomes.
Mr Afotey-Agbo said come December 7, Ghanaians will go the polls to elect a President and Parliamentarians and entreated participants and Ghanaians to pray for a peaceful election.
He expressed the hope that the conference will not be a “Talk Shop’ but will contribute to the development of health care delivery in Ghana and the African continent as a whole and encouraged participants to take advantage of the conference to network as the world has now become a global village.
Professor Daniel Obour, Vice Chancellor of the Valley View University said there is the need for nations to ensure that their populations enjoy the best of heath through preventive and curative care, education in lifestyle, nutrition and other safe mechanisms.
‘In the delivery of health services, the nursing staff corps plays no mean role. Empowerment in nursing is thus very crucial in health delivery.”
“Empowerment in nursing can mean either arising from the environment or developing from one’s psychological state and can be structural or psychological.”
Prof Obour said the theories normally used in empowerment are critical social theory, organizational theory and social psychological theory, and that empowerment seems likely to provide an umbrella concept of professional development in nursing.
He said the efficiency of service delivery was measured by the quality of clinical outcomes, adding, “Health staff measure what they do as basis for improving quality.”
Prof Obour said “efficiency also depend upon the adequacy of the clinical tools and equipment and the level of skills attained by the staff and this underscores the need for a conference such as this”, adding that, “VVU is making strenuous efforts to provide the required tools to facilitate training of nursing personnel.”
He said Ghana was battling with achieving the Millennium Development Goals four and five, which aims at reducing Child Mortality and improving Maternal Health.
He said Ghana is ranked 41st on the World Maternal Mortality Rate Index with 350 deaths per 100,000 live births whilst infant mortality rate was 50 deaths per 1000 live births.
Prof Obour expressed the hope that the conference will come out with strategies to ensure nursing empowerment and quality clinical outcomes to improve efficiency and effectiveness in service delivery.
Mr Kwaku Asante-Krobea, President of the Ghana Registered Nurses Association and Chairman of the occasion said the conference is design to establish links and broaden the scope of nursing.
He said it was good to put together Men and Women of substance in the nursing profession to deliberate on how to improve on their field of operation.
M Asante-Krobea said Nurses and Midwives were a group of Health Care Professional, who constitutes the largest population in the health sector and also work at the remotest areas in the country.
He said this shows the commitment of nurses and midwives in the country, whose contribution to the attainment of the health-related Millennium Development Goals is assured.